Penname: skdon [Contact] Real name: Susan O\\\'Neil
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More Than Memories by Bluerain Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 499]
Summary: Past Featured StoryA night that starts out inflicting the pain and horror of war ends in a way Ron had never expected. A story of love that stands the test of time, and of a passion undeniable, even in the face of heart-wrenching betrayal. Written pre-HBP and is now AU :)
Categories: The Broomshed > Erotic Couplings
Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Drama, Erotica, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Angst, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content
Series: More Than Memories
Chapters: 26 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 122649 Read Count: 287568
[Report This] Published: 10/06/2005 Updated: 06/12/2009
Reviewer: skdon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/02/2007 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19

I'm not sure how I even discovered your gem of a series - I spend more of my time on the Checkmated site so perhaps there was a referral there. I also usually don't read any fan fics started before HBP came out (I didn't discover HP fan fiction until after book 6 came out) but I'm very glad I made an exception for your story.

Your characters are beautifully drawn. Your Ron has to be one of the sexiest Rons I have ever had the pleasure to read but all of the characters are interesting and complex - just a fascinating study in how people become who they are through a combination of their personalities shaped by their personal experiences, friends and experiences.

All of the relationships in your story are so interesting with so many layers. I find Harry and Ginny's relationship fascinating - not sure where this is heading but they seem to have a long-term, comfortable relationship anyway, based on years of friendship. I'm not sure but did I catch something where Ginny is unable to get pregnant? Perhaps that is why she holds off Harry (because it seems like Harry would not be opposed to settle down with Ginny).

I also have thoroughly enjoyed the way you've portrayed Ron and Ginny - their closeness is really touching but you can tell they are siblings as well with their interactions. Wonderfully real portrayal of close siblings who know all the buttons to push but deep down are fiercely loyal to each other.

I love the way you have developed Ron and Hermione here - initially their passion winning out but then back to being uncertain in the feelings they share and not being able to deal with each other. You have chosen a very difficult theme (a woman choosing to get pregnant without letting the partner know - and I have known people who have done this) - and you have written the scenario in a very balanced way - no easy feat I am sure. But I can see and understand the perspectives of both Ron and Hermione and can feel and empathize with both of them. And all the scenes with Philip are beautifully written - you can just feel the love Ron and Hermione feel for this child - really touching!

I am thoroughly enjoying their gettng to know each other again - you write wonderful bedroom scenes. But I have to say Chapter 19 was equally hot leading us there and then fading out - fantastic!

Didn't mean to ramble on so (I'm not a writer myself but I do tend to get wordy in my reviews) but this is such a wonderful piece of fiction - I do hope you will be writing more?

Reviewer: skdon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 07/10/2007 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20

I'm so glad you updated this story - this is one of my all-time favorites - your characterizations of both Ron and Hermione are superb. I love the sibling relationship between Ron and Ginny and I'm dying to see the conversation between Ron and Molly about Philip - you are a wonderful writer and looking forward to more!

Reviewer: skdon Signed
Date: 12/13/2007 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21

I was so excited when I saw that you had updated this story (it felt like Christmas arrived a little early) and it was fantastic (as I knew it would be). I loved the way this all unfolded. First of all I really thought Molly's reaction, while not nice, was very realistically done - I can really imagine a mother reacting this way - especially when she's in total shock. It just seemed very real to me. 


I love the way you are unfolding Ron's and Hermione's relationship here - again I love the way they are beginning to understand each other - there is still an element of distrust - they have done each other wrong after all - but they are from what I can see coming to grips with the past and dealing with the present situation. (And I really can feel the love between them even if at this point they are afraid to go with it - as well as I get quite the feel of a family dynamic with Ron/Hermione and Philip - wonderful!)


And I believe I've said this before but I am going to say it again - you write the best Ron/Ginny relationship that I have ever read, bar none. I love the way they communicate with each other - the acceptance of each other - and it feels so right considering all that they have done with their lives and where they are going. 


I'm very much looking forward to the next chapter - Ron's flat - how they get along with the twins - Christmas - will Molly come around? I think I'm frothing at the mouth here - your writing is exquisite and I want more! 

Breathing Through by mapleandmahogany, Quizzical Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 27]
Summary: Ron held them both, as best he could around her expanded frame, pulling Harry close to Hermione's body. Ron whispered words of support onto her neck, placing kisses behind her earlobe. She arched her head back, letting herself drown in their touch.
Categories: Remains of the Day > Three of Hearts
Characters: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Drama, Erotica, Romance, Trio
Time Period: Post-War
Warnings: Alternate Universe, Het, OC, Slash, Threesome
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 7039 Read Count: 5485
[Report This] Published: 08/31/2007 Updated: 08/31/2007
Reviewer: skdon Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 10/17/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Breathing Through

This was absolutely fabulous - I just loved the way you captured the joy, the pain, the emotion and everything that goes with the birth of a baby!


It's funny because I don't normally go for trio fic - but you wrote one of my all-time favorite R/Hr stories (Very Bad Things) and I think you are extremely gifted writer(s). So when I saw this pop up on Quidditch Pitch, I decided I would give it a go (and I'm glad I did!). What I loved about this story is the prevailing love and affection throughout the story amongst the trio as well as for Charlotte (very endearing) and their extended family. Really a lovely tale of an at-home delivery! Which brings me to my question - I noted in some of your other reviews that this is part of a series and yet when I checked the summary of the story I did not see any referenced series - could you point me in that direction because I would very much like to read this entire series. This was really fabulous and I would like to see how they got here (if that makes any sense). I tend to be quite busy (mom of four) so I never get the time I wish to read as much as I would like but I will definitely be putting this at the top of my list.


One more question - (hope you don't mind) - I'm guessing there are two of you working together? Anyway - I think the stories I have read by you are quite exceptional - and I'm sorry I'm rambling so - I do tend to get a little long-winded in reviews so I'll stop here - just suffice it to say, I look forward to reading more.

Mapleandmahogany's Response: Thank you so much! I'm deeply flattered - especially to hear that you liked VBT. You are correct, this birthing story is an outtake in Quizzical's All That They Had Not Lost series. It takes place after the Epilogue of ATTHNL and before the Prologue of Evidence of Things Not Seen. I am such fan of this Trio fic. It has an emotionally wounded Harry and Ron and Hermione just love him to bits, and heal him, and they have a family, and they use a lot of natural wizard parenting and it's very lovingly erotic. After talking with Q about what Hermione's birth experience would be like, I was thrilled that she let me write the scene with her. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. We really appreciated it! Both of us can be found on Live Journal as well. Cheers!

Author's Response:

Quizzical's response - what a pleasure! thank you so much for the marvellous review. it was such a delight working with maple (who i fangirl like mad).


we both put a lot into this story - it involved a few issues dear to both our hearts, it's lovely to know it 'hit the mark'.


 i would be thrilled if you read the rest of the story. maple very kindly let you know where to find it.